It’s the long weekend of May, a major Canadian holiday. Traditionally, May-long has marked the weekend for planting gardens. Spring is here to stay, and we are so thankful.
Watching the world wake up after the deep winter is a wonder. To hear creation’s song, lifted in joy to its Creator, is a privilege for us. We must take the opportunity, regularly, to listen to this song of creation, for in it we not only witness our Creator’s praise, we also receive his continued call to care for his creation, so that their song continues and flourishes.
On day 4 of the Pray-May Challenge, I invited you to pray the Lorica of St. Patrick, a prayer of protection. Today, would you join me in praying along with St. Francis of Assisi?
Francis, famous for his absolute dedication to sharing the good news of Jesus everywhere he went, wrote a beautiful prayer called a Canticle. In this Canticle, we are drawn to see how aspects of God’s creation give praise to God, by simply being what they were created to be.
Brother Sun, Wind and Fire, along with Sister Moon, Water, Earth and Death, all give praise to God–by praying this prayer, we, too, are called into that praise.
Today’s challenge is simple: Go outside and pray this prayer. And as you do, bear witness to how creation gives praise to God.
Canticle of Creation, St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
and every blessing.
for no one is worthy to pronounce your name.
and he reveals to us something of yourself.
bright and precious and beautiful.
by which you uphold creation.
who is very useful and humble and precious and pure.
for he is beautiful and cheery and vigorous and mighty.
and produces all kinds of fruits and colourful flowers and herbs.
for you will honour them, O Most High.
and serve him with great humility.
(Translated by Mary Low and taken from Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation, by Sam Hamilton-Poore, page 132.)
These words have inspired countless generations to praise, but perhaps there were none so inspired as the musical rendition gifted to us by William Draper in 1919, who took Francis’ prayer and composed the famous hymn All Creatures of our God and King. To finish today, enjoy this video made by All Sons & Daughters, singing this song back in Assisi.
May the Lord of creation bless you today, tuning your ears to creation’s praise, for his glory.